Dancing in the street - salsa style

August 10, 2009 3:44:34 PM PDT
According to the hit song by Martha and the Vandellas and remade by David Bowie and Mick Jagger, all you need is music to dance in the streets. Now, thanks to a local dance studio and some newly created space, you can do just that on the streets of Manhattan.

When you take a traditional dance and do it in the most unlikely place, you get something so unique that it could only happen in New York.

"People coming from everywhere in all directions, I think it's such a visible space, people from the north, south the stores, everything," said Vitalia Shklovsky, with the Chelsea Improvement Company.

They come armed with confidence, swivelling hips and loads of enthusiasm. The meeting place is the triangle at 14th Street and 9th Avenue, where on Tuesday evenings, salsa rules.

It's part free style, part instruction. The idea is to make use of the newly-created public space and, at the same time, learn some moves from Stepping Out Studios' Talia Castro-Pozo.

"Once you get out of your head and start to appreciate the music and the rhythm and start to move, it starts to come to you," Castro-Pozo said.

You'll find experts, those hoping to catch on and, well, those who never will.

And all of it really does stop traffic, inspires those on the curb to move a bit and brings strangers together.

For more information, visit SteppingOutStudios.com, go to "news and events" and click on "upcoming events."

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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